Friday, April 3, 2009
While watching the documentary 'Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills' I sketched up the the 'alleged' perpetrators of the crime; Jessie Miskelly, Jason Baldwin and Damian Wayne Echols.
From IMDB: Berlinger and Sinofsky's documentary of a gruesome triple murder in West Memphis, Arkansas and the subsequent trials of three suspects, takes a hard look at both the occult and the American justice system in 'small-town' America. Three teenagers are accused of this horrific crime of killing three children, supposedly as a result of involvement in Satanism. As in their previous documentary, things turn out to be more complex than initial appearances and this film presents the real-life courtroom drama to the viewer, as it unfolds.
The kids themselves should never have been convicted as there was no evidence whatsoever to connect them to the crime. They did however happen to like Metallica, be in the possession of an Aleister Crowley book and wear black, which believe it or not actually helped to cement the case for the prosecution; well that, and the town gossip. I mean talk about "spectral evidence!"
Quite honestly at times it felt like I was watching a reenactment of the Salem Witch trails.
I am almost embarrassed to say that I had never heard of this crime or documentary until a friend at work told me about it. Apparently Metallica and other high profile acts have even held some fundraiser gigs over the years to help raise money and awareness.